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Supplementing user web-browsing

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Supplementing user web-browsing


An apparatus and method of providing a user with a web-browser supplement is disclosed. One method includes providing access to a focal group, wherein the focal group includes at least one member having at least one association with the user. Access is provided to information associated with the at least one member having relevance to the focal group. Web browsing by the user is supplemented by the information of the members of the focal group.

Inventors: Jonathan Davar, Serge M. Krasnyansky
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120311456 - Class: 715738 (USPTO) - 12/06/12 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >For Plural Users Or Sites (e.g., Network) >Network Resource Browsing Or Navigating

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120311456, Supplementing user web-browsing.

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This patent application patent application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/316,992, filed on Dec. 18, 2008, which claims priority to provisional patent application No. 61/008,957, filed Dec. 21, 2007, which in herein incorporated by reference.

FIELD OF THE DESCRIBED EMBODIMENTS

The described embodiments relate generally to web browsing. More particularly, the described embodiments relate to a method and apparatus for supplementing a user\'s web browsing.

BACKGROUND

The internet can connect individuals through, for example, a mesh of social networks, portals, commerce sites and forums. Many of these sites attempt to model relationships to facilitate commerce and build systems for providing recommendations. These social networks include many individuals that can interact with each other,

There is a lack, however, of a useful mechanism within social networks for mimicking interpersonal trust and reference networks. For example, if one needs to find a babysitter, a heart surgeon or a plumber, one generally turns to trusted friends to obtain references. That is, these referred service providers involve the well-being of family, and/or impact ones finances, and therefore, are typically naturally screened by the person looking for a reference. However, the recommendations provided by social networks do not include a personal connection between the recommender and the receiver of the recommendation. Additionally, the strength of the recommendations can be difficult to determine.

It is desirable to have a method, system and apparatus in which groups of commonly associated individuals can provide an internet user that is web browsing with additional intelligence. It is additionally desirable that the method, system and apparatus be adaptively updated as information associated with the groups change over time.

SUMMARY

One embodiment includes a method of providing a user with a web-browser supplement. The method includes providing access to a focal group, wherein the focal group includes at least one member having at least one association with the user. Access is provided to information associated with the at least one member having relevance to the focal group. Web browsing by the user is supplemented by information of the members of the focal group.

Another embodiment includes a method of overlaying web browsing with focal group intelligence. The method includes creating a focal group, wherein the focal group includes at least one other user having at least one association with the user. Information about the at least one other user having relevance to the focal group is obtained. Web browsing by the user is over-layed, thereby supplementing the web browsing by the user by providing information of the other users of the focal group.

Other aspects and advantages of the described embodiments will become apparent from the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, illustrating by way of example the principles of the described embodiments.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows an example of a user computing device that can utilize methods of supplementing web browsing of the user.

FIG. 2 shows the computing device of FIG. 1, and examples of supplementing web pages being browsed by the user.

FIG. 3 is a flow chart that includes steps of an example of a method of supplementing a user\'s web browsing.

FIG. 4A shows an example of a visual display that can be used to adaptively depict relationships between a user and members of a focal group.

FIG. 4B shows another example of a visual display that can be used to adaptively depict relationships between a user and members of a focal group.

FIG. 5 is a flow chart that includes steps of an example of a method of overlaying web browsing with focal group intelligence.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120311456 A1
Publish Date
12/06/2012
Document #
13588169
File Date
08/17/2012
USPTO Class
715738
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F3/00
Drawings
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